art in churches

Welcome to ARCH - ARrt in CHurches.

11 contemporary artists in 4 medieval churches featuring installation, photography, painting, sculpture and textiles.

pebble wall image by kathryn faulkner

The Hoo peninsula is a landscape of remarkable artistic potential, as recognised by Charles Dickens in the opening lines of Great Expectations, a passage generally considered to be set in Cooling churchyard.

ARCH - ARt in CHurches is a project featuring contemporary artworks in four medieval churches on Hoo Peninsula, Kent. This year, 11 north Kent based artists were invited to create site-specific responses to these distinctive and inspiring spaces.

Historically, churches were always at the forefront of art, encouraging novel art by commissioning leading artists of the day. In providing artists an opportunity to explore the unique environment in Hoo and by bringing new artwork into these extraordinary buildings, ARCH aims to participate in this long tradition. The chosen artistic disciplines are diverse including installation, photography, painting, sculpture and textiles. The exhibits seek to engage with the public and create an ongoing dialogue between contemporary art and the public spaces they occupy.

This is a first of what is hoped to become an annual arts event.

Accompanying events

A series of public workshops and artist talks accompany the project throughout September.

“The marshes were just a long black horizontal line… and the river was just another horizontal line, not nearly so broad nor yet so black; and the sky was just a row of long angry red lines and dense black lines intermixed.”

Heritage Trails

A series of heritage trails using existing public rights of way link all four churches. Click link below to download an eBook of the trails by author John Guy.

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Supported by The National Lottery - Awards for All